Need for Speed Heat has over 100 cars to choose from and there is so much to do in terms of events in the playable area. Especially this game is more than racing on asphalt and asphalt. In addition to traditional high-stakes racing and policing chases, you can also engage in various events focused on drifting and off-roading. To ensure you get top spots in these events, these are the best cars to use in Need for Speed Heat.
Best cars to use at every event in Need for Speed Heat
The following vehicles fall into one of these three categories. They are most consistent when running their respective events.
Best cars to race
Pagani Huayra BC ’17
This car is of the highest level. It looks extremely regal and classy, but it’s also such a speedster. The Huayra easily reaches top speeds above 200 and is still very manoeuvrable. Unfortunately, this is the only Pagani vehicle in the game, but this is a very strong representative of the brand. The best engine to use for this is the 7.0L V12.
Ferrari F40 ’87
The Ferrari F40 is a sleek, versatile vehicle that can dominate the streets without any problem. Thankfully it’s only a third of the cost of the Huayra and might as well do it. If you want the best engine, try running the 4.4L V8.
Ford GT ’17
This is an even better version of the F40. Talking about the irony of Ford v. Ferrari. The GT is an all-American vehicle that excels at just about everything. It has a slight edge over some of its other rivals in terms of acceleration. This has one of the faster startups meaning you can zoom into first place at the start of a race and keep it as long as you can master it once it hits a possible top speed of 235 MPH. You must use the 8.4L V10 engine on it.
Koenigsegg Regera ’16
The Regera is an interesting vehicle. It’s the only one-speed car, so it won’t have the best acceleration. It’s also a heavy car, so it will be a stiffer one to run. While it doesn’t have divine curves like the previous and later cars, this thing can reach top speeds that exceed the speeds of any car. On straights, this thing will win. At extreme speeds, however, you have to be prepared to slow down in order to turn properly.
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX ’07
The Evo IX is easily the top 3 when it comes to the overall fastest cars in the game. It can reach top speeds of over 230 MPH and also excels in high-speed corners. It’s also one of the more versatile vehicles that can still sustain high speeds and perform well even off the tarmac, as you’ll see later. The best engine for this vehicle is the Forged 2.0L I4.
McLaren F1 ’93 (DLC)
The game’s only paid DLC, with the exception of the Deluxe Edition cars, feels a lot like pay-to-win. This car is the second best in the game, beating the Evo IX a bit in terms of everything but its looks. Once you complete the little quest to unlock all the parts for F1, you will be the Palm City PD’s biggest headache. Use the Forged 2.6L I6 engine to get the most out of this car.
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 2.8 ’73
The RSR is just unfair. This vehicle makes everything easy. You can play Heat on Hard mode and still do extremely well with this. The only weakness is that it doesn’t have the best 0-60, but once you get above that the speed picks up extremely quickly. It corners easily at top speeds and no other car can beat it. As soon as you throw a 2.9L V6 on this, you basically win the game.
This is arguably the absolute best car in the entire game.
Best cars for offroad driving
Subaru Impreza WRX STI ’06
Subaru is one of the better manufacturers when it comes to making cars that can drive off-road. The Impreza in NFS Heat is a solid all-rounder that can still race well on both normal asphalt and other terrain. You want to use a Forged 2.5L Flat 4 engine to maintain extremely high speeds and good cornering.
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX ’07
Listed as one of the better cars for standard racing, the Evo IX can also perform extremely well with the right off-road setup. It can handle dirt, sand and mud very well without losing full control. Mitsubishi has always been one of the better brands when it comes to rally racing, so there’s no surprise here. You can still use the Forged 2.0L I4 engine for off-road riding.
Best cars for drifting
If you want to complete all drift events or just drift, these two cars are the best choices to do just that.
Mazda RX-7 Spirit R ’02
A beauty and a classic. This car is as versatile as it is a favorite for many. Because of its versatility, it can be one of the better vehicles to float around. With the right tuning, his drifting abilities can keep him from handling, racing and avoiding spinning very well. This car can do well with most engines supplied, but I’m going for the 3.8L V8.
SRT Viper GTS ’14
From the dealership, this car has a decent drift stat that you can take advantage of. The only problem you may run into when customizing this vehicle is that it can easily be over or under-tuned. It will either be so stiff that drifts just lift or be so slippery that you end up spinning away. You’ll have to tinker with it to get it just right, but despite that one major flaw, it’s still very good.
Need for Speed Heat is currently available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The game is also free through Xbox Game Pass.